Arvinder Sambei is a lawyer of over 30 years’ experience and has previously held the posts of Head of Criminal Law at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Senior Crown Prosecutor (Crown Prosecution Service of England & Wales), and Legal Adviser to the Permanent Joint Headquarters (PJHQ) at the UK’s Ministry of Defence.

Arvinder has advised states, corporates and individuals on extradition law and international co-operation, public international law (international human rights law, international humanitarian law, immunities and state responsibility), international criminal law, counter-terrorism/terrorism financing and anti-corruption. As a senior prosecutor, she has also had conduct of many of the UK’s high profile extradition, counter-terrorism, transnational and war crimes cases.

She acts as an expert for many international and regional organisations (including Council of Europe, EU, IMF and UN agencies (UNDP, UNODC etc.) on treaty and legislative drafting, state and project evaluation and capacity building/technical assistance programmes. In addition, Arvinder has written practitioner manuals for law enforcement, lawyers and the judiciary on each of her topic areas in order to enhance state institutional capability.

Arvinder is an experienced trainer and facilitator, and has been engaged in running immersive exercises at both the strategic and operational level since the early 2000s. She is acknowledged as a leading practitioner in crisis prevention and response, notably in the field of counter-terrorism.

She has written and spoken widely on public international law, international human rights law, international criminal law, counter terrorism, asset recovery, anti-corruption/governance, and international co-operation, and is a published author with Oxford University Press and others.

Arvinder holds a degree in law from the University of Kent and is a member of the Bar of England and Wales.  She also holds an LLM in Public International Law from the London School of Economics (LSE) and a Certificate in US Constitutional Law from Yale University, USA.

Areas of expertise: Extradition law and international co-operation, public international law (including immunities, international human rights law, international humanitarian law), international sanctions, counter-terrorism, conflict and security law, AML/CFT, international criminal law and economic & financial crimes (including anti-corruption/bribery).


Counter-Terrorism Law and Practice